Ankara chairs and the business of ‘protocol machismo’

by Rashmee

Posted on April 8, 2021


/IT’S THE BUSINESS Heard the one about European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen and …

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Democracy doesn’t have to be Western-style, nor the development template

by Rashmee

Posted on September 19, 2020


Veteran foreign policywallah Kishore Mahbubani once wrote a piece for The New York Times titled …

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Is democracy really dying a slow, agonising death?

by Rashmee

Posted on November 25, 2019


It’s fashionable these days for commentators to lament the lingering death of democracy. It’s being …

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Why politicians around the world are getting on the radical love train

by Rashmee

Posted on July 3, 2019 / The National


Populism of the most hateful sort has had a baleful presence in the headlines for …

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Turkey’s state of permanent crisis serves Erdogan

by Rashmee

Posted on January 20, 2019 / The Arab Weekly


Nearly three years after the failed coup that triggered a massive crackdown in Turkey, Turkish …

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Message of Syria withdrawal: You can trust America to let you down

by Rashmee

Posted on December 21, 2018 / The Arab Weekly


Those who now express outrage, shock and complete surprise at Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw …

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Khashoggi affair gives Turkey’s elected sultan a PR boost – sort of

by Rashmee

Posted on October 25, 2018


The Jamal Khashoggi case has cast a mildly flattering light on Turkey’s acerbic, authoritarian president …

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Turkey’s Erdogan loves the Palestinians & some of them love him back

by Rashmee

Posted on September 25, 2018


Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan is quite the rock star in east Jerusalem. There, as …

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When did the West lose Turkey?

by Rashmee

Posted on September 7, 2018


Today is a good day to talk about Turkey, whose president meets his Iranian and …

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Will Turkey literally become unaffordable under Erdogan, its new sultan?

by Rashmee

Posted on July 20, 2018


Will Turkey literally become unaffordable under Erdogan, its new sultan? It looks like it. Turkey’s …

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK